Are we all aliens? Scientists create life's building blocks in a space-like environment suggesting we were created from interstellar dust
Life may have begun in the frigid vacuum of space, according to experts who found small organic molecules can form under these conditions.
Scientists were able to prompt chemical reactions that resulted in the creation of the building blocks for early organisms in a simulated solar system.
Rather than starting here on Earth, the finding suggests that the compounds needed for proteins and carbohydrates to develop may be extra terrestrial in origin.
Researchers from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada recreated the conditions of outer space in the lab. Thin films of ice containing methane and oxygen were placed into a vacuum. These ices were used to mimic materials found around dust grains in the dense and cold molecular clouds that exist in interstellar space. They can also be found around other objects in the solar system, such as comets, asteroids and moons.
19th December 2017